The “Kampuhang Bayan” transformed an empty ground into a fertile spot for cultural and political unity.
A village in Kitaotao, Bukidnon is being militarized after its residents asserted their right to get drought assistance from government.
Paramilitary cult groups were known for their brutality, brazenness and impunity. The purpose, as US counter-insurgency, counter-terror manuals revealed, was to generate enough terror and fear.
“What’s at stake here is the Lumad schools, the heritage, the yutang kabilin (ancestral land). The Lumad must survive.” — UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan
“Even in the middle of this very urbanized city, the Talabugta is there.”
More than 70 indigenous organizations from across Asia urged President Benigno Aquino III to put an end to the killings and attacks against the Lumad of Mindanao.
“We are here to bring the bad news of the attacks on the people of Mindanao. But we also bring the good news, that we are not afraid, that we know why this is happening, and that our actions are just.”
“We are Filipinos, too. We should fight for each other’s rights.”
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“This is not just seeking sanctuary, but also our protest, to demand respect for us indigenous people, not just in Mindanao, but the whole country.”
“A resolute action is needed now to protect the Lumád way of life and to give the future generation the opportunity to interact with and learn from our indigenous tribes.”
“If they are able to do surveillance inside campus, we can only imagine the magnitude of repression the Lumád experiences in Mindanao.”